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3D Imaging

3D reconstruction is better than a flat 2D image

Lower front view of a CBCT scan

All the benefits of three dimensional imaging in treating your teeth, bone and airway with less radiation than conventional x-rays.

We use the I-CAT FLX Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in her office because it produces high quality 3D images while exposing you to less radiation than 2D imaging methods commonly used in orthodontic offices such as panoramic and cephalometric x-rays.

Side view of a 3D CBCT with the airway highlighted

More Accuracy and Less Radiation

Days to Smile is the first orthodontic office in San Francisco to take a 3D scan with 11µSv of radiation, which is about 70% lower than the radiation dose caused by flying from San Francisco to New York.

The newest CBCT completes a 360 degree scan of your head while capturing multiple images that are reconstructed to create a single 3D image with the lowest amount of radiation. In addition, there is no magnification error and distortion compared to conventional 2D x-rays!


Why is 3D better than 2D?

We prioritize the well being of our patients and wants more accurate views of the teeth, roots, TMJ, airway, sinuses and bone.


With the detailed 3D spatial relationships of these structures, we can calculate the optimal directions of orthodontic forces, determine anchorage requirements, and obtain detailed measurements of airway. 


These treatment details cannot be determined with a traditional 2D cephalometric and panoramic x-rays. Hence, the 3D CBCT data enables more precise and efficient orthodontic treatment.

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